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Voice-Over for Animation by M.J. Lallo, Jean Ann Wright

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CHAPTER four Dialects

Why Should You Learn Dialects?

It’s in every voice-over actor’s best interest to be familiar with as many dialects as possible. Dialects are another way to differentiate your characters. One approach to learning dialects is to master the basic symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A.). Learning I.P.A. enables you to take accurate notes when you hear a dialect and also to learn dialects from a book. This chapter lays out a simplified version of the I.P.A. system so that you can learn dialects on your own. It also gives you the basics of twelve of the most common dialects used in animation. This chapter is of necessity only a bare bones look at these dialects. It’s a quick basic reference. To learn any dialect ...

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